Girls Basketball

Timberview girls open No. 2 in 5A; North Crowley boys No. 5 in 6A

Special to the Star-Telegram

Coming off its best season in six years, the Mansfield Timberview girls basketball team enters 2016-17 ranked No. 2 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 5A preseason state rankings.

Timberview began last season with 33-straight wins, but lost 62-51 in the 5A Region II semifinals to Frisco Liberty.

The Wolves bring back plenty of experience, including seniors Chennedy Carter and Trelynn Tyler.

Carter was named TABC all-state and District 14-5A MVP while averaging 18.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.0 steals per game last season. In the summer, Carter was the only 2017 point guard to play for the USA Under-18 team. She’s ranked the No. 8 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Class of 2017.

Others area teams in 5A poll: Aledo 5, Summit 8, Grapevine 18, Crowley 20.

Defending 6A champion Duncanville tops the list in 6A. Euless Trinity is ranked No. 19.

Argyle is No. 1 in 4A with Godley at No. 7. Brock comes in No. 2 in 3A.

North Crowley

No surprise, coach Tommy Brakel has another good team at North Crowley. The Panthers enter No. 5 in Class 6A.

North Crowley, the 2008 5A state champion, reached the regional quarterfinals last season. The Panthers have reached the regional tournament seven times since 2008, but look for their first trip in two years.

This year’s team features nine seniors, including 6-foot-4 guard Jordon Myers and forward Kevin Ellis.

A key addition could come from the transfer of former Mansfield Summit guard Grant Sherfield. The sophomore was District 14-5A and Star Telegram super team newcomer of the year last season, averaging 20.9 points per game.

Other area teams in 6A poll: Keller 23 (defending 6A champ DeSoto comes in at No. 17).

Class 5A champ Lancaster is No. 1 with Crowley at No. 7. Saginaw Chisholm Trail enters at No. 21.

Brock rounds out the polls at No. 4 in Class 3A.

Girls held first practices on Wednesday while boys go on Oct. 26. Girls regular season begins Nov. 4; Boys on Nov. 11.